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$63.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Hualien East Coast Full-Day Tour

Start of the day with a relaxing drive along the coast to Baqi Gazebo, where you will be presented with views of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountain ranges within one frame. Then, take a short hike up Dashibi Hill; a short trail situated right next to the coast. Following that, enjoy unique sights of paddy fields right next to the coast at Xinshe and volcanic wave-cut platforms at Shitiping.In the afternoon, after lunch, check out a secret spot which was used to film the movie ‘Silence.’ Then, explore the plains of the East Rift Valley. Enjoy unique ice cream flavors at the Guangfu sugar mill, then take a stroll in ‘Morisaka’; once a Japanese logging village in the 1920s. End of the day with a relaxing stroll along Liyu lake.Itinerary: • 09:00 Pick up [Pick up from your hotel/b&b/train station in Hualien City.] • 09:30 Baqi Gazebo • 10:00 Daishibi Hill • 11:00 Xinshe Coastal Rice Terraces • 11:30 Shitiping Scenic Area • 12:00 Lunch • 13:00 “Secret Spot” [The movie "沈默 - Silence"  mostly taken scenes here!] • 14:00 Guangfu Sugar Factory • 15:00 "Morisaka" Tree Logging Area [ Former largest logging operation in east Taiwan.] • 16:00 Liyu Lake • 17:30 Drop off [Drop off at your hotel/b&b in Hualien City.]

$535 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Eastern Taiwan Tour: Yilan Hualien Taitung

Day 1: Taipei / Taiwan Railway Experience / Hualien / East Coast Scenic Area / Taitung Depart from Taipei in the morning and take the TRA train to the east coast to discover the last unspoiled land of Taiwan. Upon arrival in Hualien, drive south through East Coast Scenic Area which faces the Pacific Ocean. Visit Shitiping, a marine abrasion platform with coral reefs and potholes and Amis Folk Center, which is a cultural center that introduces the customs, architecture, art and music of the Amis – an indigenous people of Taiwan. Today’s highlight will be Sanxiantai (literally meaning terrace of the three immortals), composed of offshore islands and coral reefs. The most famous landmark is the cross-sea bridge, which connects the mainland and the island.Hotel: Sheraton Taitung Hotel (5-Star) or similarDay 2: Taitung / East Rift Valley / Hualien Travel along the East Rift Valley, a long and narrow valley extending from Hualien to Taitung. The three natural river systems including the Hualien River, Xiuguluan River and Beinan River run through the valley and create different types of land forms. The first stop is Luye Gaotai. The unique geographical conditions offer an ideal location for tea cultivation and paragliding. Mr. Brown Avenue is famous for their TV commercial of Mr. Brown Coffee (a local coffee brand). The “avenue” is a single lane pathway in the middle of the green paddy fields. Matai'an Wetland Ecological Park is the biggest natural wetland in Hualien and also the traditional homeland of the Ami people.Hotel: Promisedland Resort & Lagoon (5-Star) or similar Day 3: Hualien / Taroko Gorge / Jiaoxi Visit the world-famous Taroko National Park, which was selected by Virgin Travel Insurance as one of the top 10 best global sights. Here you will experience the power of nature’s masterpiece and mankind's great engineering achievement. The national park was well-known for the soaring cliffs and plunging valleys of solid marble carved by a torrential river. Central Cross-Island Highway is a narrow and winding mountain road made by carving out rocks. Pass by CingShuei Cliff and admire the scenery of the cliffed coastline to Jiaoxi, Yilan. Tonight you will stay in a hot spring resort in Jiaoxi. Hotel: Hotel Royal Chiaohsi, Yilan (5-Star) or similarDay 4: Jiaoxi / Taipei This morning you will have a nostalgic tour at the National Center for Traditional Arts. Experience the traditional handicrafts, folklore, puppetry, and delicacies of old Taiwan. Taiwan is well-known for orchid breeding cultivation. Visit King Car Yuanshan Orchid Garden, experience the graceful elegance of the orchids. The last stop is King Car Kavalan Distillery, the first whisky distillery in Taiwan. Here you are offered a sip of different types of whisky.

$1700 Day Trips & Excursions

2 days Safari to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro crater

ItineraryDay 1: Drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National ParkPass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro RegionDrive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park, which takes about 4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start an early afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the East Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive back droid to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, on the escarpment elephants stand in the shade of a baobab. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp site/Lodge depending on what guests requestedMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Kudu lodge / Kitela lodgeDay 2: half day game drive in the Ngorongoro CraterPass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro RegionEnjoy a half day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black Rhino, Elephants, Hippos, Buffalo as well as the prides of lion that includes the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you may see includes leopard, cheetah, and hyena. Other members of the antelope family and small mammals will be seen. You will have lunch at the picnic center at the crater. At late afternoon drive back to your accommodation in Moshi. Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

The East Coast Rift Valley English Guided Day Tour - Small Group - Hualien

Taiwan's East Rift Valley Discovery TourWe will spend the day visiting many of the East Rift Valley’s most beautiful locations, both natural and historical. In order to have an enjoyable and flexible day, the exact itinerary for our day can vary. But we promise to try and show you as many wonderful parts of the East Rift Valley in one day as we can!8:00AM: Pickup at your Hualien City HotelSome possible stops include:Matai’an WetlandsFenghuang WaterfallDanong Dafu ForestTropic of Cancer MarkerYunshanshuiLiyu LakeSaoba MonolithsButterfly Valley (Fuyuan Forest Recreation Area)Bai Bao Xi RiverRui Shui Tea PlantationsAnd many other secret spots! For lunch, you will dine on some of local favorites, such as mountain pig and mountain vegetable. 3:30-4pm Return to Hualien Hotels

$2599 Classic

Taiwan Discovery

Ample appetites and eager explorers come together on this 10-day tour through Taiwan. Just off Asia's typical tourist trail, Taiwan's vibrant culture shows through its bustling metropolises, awe-inspiring natural landscapes, and of course, those mouthwatering night markets. Embark on these unique experiences alongside newfound friends that have equally ambitious plans to see and do it all.